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THE GOBARDHAH HERMIT.                                       309
Pap-mochaiij and Rin-mochan. But these latter, even in the rains, are mere
puddles, and ail the rest of the year are quite dry ; while the former, in spite
of its sanctltyj is as mean a little building as it is possible to conceive.
The break in the hill, traversed by the road from Mathnra to Big, is
called the Dan. Ghat, and is supposed to be the spot where Krishna lay in wait
to intercept the Gopis and levy a toll (dan) on the milk they were bringing
into the town. A Brahman still sits at the receipt of custom^ and extracts a
copper coin or two from the passers-by. On the ridge overlooking the gh&t
stands the temple of Dan Sae,
For many years past one of the most curious sights of the place has been
an aged Hindu ascetic, who had bound himself by a vow of absolute silence.
Whatever the hour of the day, or time of the yearj or however long the inter-
val that might have elapsed since a previous visit, a stranger was sare to find
him sitting exactly on the same spot and in the same position^ as if he had
never once stirred ; a slight awning suspended over his head, and immediately
in front of him a miniature shrine containing an emblem of the god. The half
century, which was the limit of Ms vows has at length expired ; but his tongue*
bound for so many years^ has now lost the power of uttering any articulate
sound. In a little dog-kennel at the side sits another devotee, with "Ms legs
crossed under him, ready to enter into conversation with all comers, and looking
one of fhe happiest and most contented of mortals ; though the cell in -which lie
has immured himself is so confined that he can neither stand np nor lie down in It.
Subsequently to the cession by Sindhia in 1803, Grobardban was granted,
free of assessment^ to Knar Lachhman Sinhs youngest son of Kaja Banjifc Sinh
of Bharat-par ; but on his death, in 182f>3 it was resumed by tie Government
and annexed to the district of Agra. Of late years? the paramount power lias
"been repeatedly solicited by the Bharat-pur Baja to cede it to him in exchange
for other territory of equal value, It contains so many memorials of Ms ances-
tors that the request is a veYy natural one for him to make, and it mast be
admitted that the Bharat-pur frontier stands greatly in need of rectification.
It wouldj however, be most impolitic for the Government to make the desired
concession^ and thereby lose all control over a place so important, both from its
position and its associations? as Gobardhan.
The following legend in the Harivamsa {cap. 94) most be taken to refer
to tie foundation of the town} iiiongh apparently it has never hitoerto been
noticed in that connection. Among the descendants of IJkshvakn, who reigned
at Ayodhya3 was Haryaara, who took to wife Madhomati, the daughter of tite